Assessing Your vSphere Environment Using ControlUp

Virtualization Review | October 29, 2019

ontrolUp has been around for over 8 years now, and over the years has built up a large user base. It originally started out as a program designed to monitor Citrix desktops, and later morphed into a program capable of monitoring physical machines and still later added monitoring of VMware vSphere environments. Now, ControlUp is pushing into the sphere of monitoring VMware Horizon desktops.

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25% of global security decision makers say staff shortages are a major challenge, and they struggle to find staff with the right skills. This staff problem is compounded when there’s too many non-integrated point products to manage.

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25% of global security decision makers say staff shortages are a major challenge, and they struggle to find staff with the right skills. This staff problem is compounded when there’s too many non-integrated point products to manage.

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RealVNC Acquires RPort Remote Management Software

RealVNC | October 28, 2022

RealVNC, the most secure remote access solution on the market, acquired RPort, a remote management software that immediately boosts the efficiency of IT teams and managed service providers (MSPs). The acquisition will enable RealVNC to branch out beyond graphical screen sharing and into remote management. RPort enables users to manage their entire infrastructure via a web browser, the command line, or programmatically through a REST API. This includes inventory management, dynamic device grouping, remote and scheduled script execution, device telemetry and flexible connectivity management. For example, a bulk update task targeted at 20 Windows devices could take up to 2 hours when executed individually in interactive screen sharing sessions. The same task could be achieved with RPort technology in less than 2 minutes. The technology is highly complementary to RealVNC’s VNC Connect and will be integrated as an add-on for existing RealVNC subscribers in early 2023. It will also be provided as a standalone subscription under RealVNC's brand. RealVNC will support flexible deployment options, similar to its current offering with VNC Connect, launching with both on-premise and fully-managed/hosted offerings. With this acquisition, RealVNC will soon offer a comprehensive IoT device management platform to their customers. One of the largest challenges IT and field service professionals face is managing large fleets of devices deployed across the globe. When combined with RPort technology, RealVNC will help them master the unique challenges that arise in these environments — for example, when a user managing thousands of devices needs to execute a remote script on all of them programmatically without logging into each device. “We are excited about the immense opportunities that RPort brings to RealVNC and its customers, There are some really exciting plans in the works thanks to RPort’s technology and we cannot wait to bring them to market in the early part of 2023.” Adam Greenwood-Byrne, CEO of RealVNC RealVNC also announced that RPort's creator & innovator, Thorsten Kramm, will be joining the team full-time as VP Software Incubator and will be responsible for leading the company’s IoT program. “I am thrilled to be joining a team so focused on the future of efficient remote management of all kinds of devices. The exponentially increasing numbers of connected devices demand new methods of management beyond access via interactive, one-to-one screen sharing,” said Thorsten Kramm. RPort is currently open source, and RealVNC is committing to continue to pursue an open-core approach. RealVNC will offer more advanced features as paid "plugins” added to the foundational RPort engine, which will remain open source. Current RPort users can expect updates to the open source core along with options to extend it into a commercial product, all with the level of professional technical support that RealVNC has become known for. ABOUT REALVNC RealVNC’s secure remote access and management software is used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Their software helps organizations to cut costs and improve the experience when supporting remote devices and applications, as well as enabling a generation of remote workers. RealVNC is the UK-based, original inventor of VNC remote access software and the associated RFB protocol, and they support an unrivaled mix of desktop, mobile, and embedded platforms. ABOUT RPORT RPort is an open-source remote access and remote management solution that facilitates the management of remote servers without the hassle of VPNs, chained SSH connections, jump-hosts, or the use of commercial tools like TeamViewer and its clones. RPort is a server/client architecture that establishes permanent or on-demand secure tunnels to devices inside protected intranets behind a strong firewall. All operating systems provide well-established mechanisms for remote management – the most widely used being SSH and Remote Desktop. RPort secures them and makes them more easily accessible from the outside. The technology also provides efficient remote management through command execution, task scheduling, scripting and device monitoring. All actions can be performed from a web browser, and on many machines in parallel without any interactive logins.

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MacStadium Announces Inaugural User Conference, Showcases World-Class Enterprise Mac Virtualization and Cloud Solutions for macOS

MacStadium | September 17, 2022

“We’re honored and humbled to build upon our Leaders in Infrastructure Technology initiatives by hosting our first user conference in our hometown of Atlanta, We’re excited to see the interactions that ensue by bringing together some of the largest technology industry leaders for a tech preview and discussing synergies and opportunities to efficiently solve real industry challenges.” Tom Schnell, senior vice president and chief customer officer at MacStadium Founded in 2011, MacStadium combines patented technology, proprietary configurations and unparalleled expertise in Apple infrastructure to meet the needs of customers ranging in size from individual developers to Fortune 100 companies. With high-performance and dedicated Apple hardware, including the Mac Pro, Mac mini and the new Mac Studio; private cloud solutions required by DevOps, software-as-a-service (SaaS) and enterprise users, guaranteed uptime with expert support; and, data centers located worldwide, MacStadium has earned the trust of iOS developers, mobile testing teams and DevOps engineers worldwide. Simplifying Mac for Business The company’s invitation-only 2022 MacStadium User Conference will highlight its proprietary enterprise Mac virtualization and cloud solutions. The conference is for professionals who work in environments encompassing IT; cloud, bare metal; SaaS; security; the Apple ecosystem; - desktop and management; virtual desktop; DevOps; iOS engineering; continuous integration, continuous delivery and continuous deployment; and Mac virtualization. The conference will offer educational opportunities to learn how MacStadium’s cloud solutions simplify Mac for business. Among them is MacStadium’s proprietary Orchestration of Kubernetes on Apple (Orka®) platform that uniquely solves Mac DevOps and Mac virtualization complexities and IT teams’ Mac virtual-desktop needs. Orka, for instance, may reduce iOS build times by more than 30%. MacStadium also boasts a first-to-market, rackable Mac Studio cloud solution and can reduce IT employee on-boarding by eight to 12 weeks. A data center tour for press members and existing customers is available during and after the conference. “I’ve witnessed MacStadium’s steady and significant growth for many years,” said Nick Cobb, vice president of product and engineering at Kyte and former DevOps executive at Uber. “MacStadium’s expertise and approach to solve real issues within the Apple ecosystem is unmatched. I’m excited to preview their next phase of innovation while they bring industry leaders together.” Previews of MacStadium’s Coming Tech Roadmaps and Platforms Registered conference attendees include technology leaders from Fortune 500 companies, along with gaming, enterprise SaaS, fintech and consumer-focused organizations. Attendees will have the opportunity to preview upcoming technology roadmaps, learn about proprietary new platforms launching soon and about best-in-class utilization of MacStadium’s services for optimizing their organizational processes, engage with MacStadium’s executive and engineering teams and interact with industry leaders. Summit Partners Technologist-in-Residence Neil Roseman is scheduled to deliver the conference’s keynote speech titled, “The Power of Ecosystems.” He spent a decade at Amazon.com, where he served as vice president of technology, responsible for Amazon’s marketplace platform, digital media technologies and worldwide retail software systems. After Amazon, Neil served as Zynga’s vice president of engineering, where he created the company’s platform and led the launch of Zynga.com. Super Bowl champion and former NFL offensive tackle Ryan Harris will deliver an inspiring talk titled, “I Am, I Can, I Will.” Harris won Super Bowl 50 as a player with the Denver Broncos and played professional football for 10 years before retiring in 2016. Harris graduated from Notre Dame University with bachelor’s degrees in economics and policy and is a frequent guest speaker at organized events. About MacStadium Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Atlanta, MacStadium is a software-as-a-service leader delivering scalable and secure enterprise cloud solutions exclusively for macOS. The company’s suite of advanced software-enabled infrastructure, combined with its innovative technology, delivers the security, performance, reliability and flexibility its customers require for successful app development on Apple devices. Powered by MacStadium, Orka (Orchestration with Kubernetes on Apple) is the only virtualization layer available for Mac build infrastructure based on Docker and Kubernetes technology. MacStadium is a Summit Partners portfolio company with growing operations in Las Vegas, Silicon Valley, Dublin, Ireland.

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Stratodesk Launches Managed Service Provider Partner Program for VDI, DaaS and Cloud Workspaces

Stratodesk | October 04, 2022

Stratodesk, the EUC endpoint OS innovator, today introduced its best-in-class Stratodesk Managed Service Provider (MSP) program for MSPs and system integrators. The new program enables partners to offer complete services to provision and manage endpoints for hybrid workplaces. The program makes it easy for our partners to deliver a more comprehensive cloud service because of their ability to deliver the most innovative endpoint OS. The MSP program, which includes Stratodesk software – Stratodesk NoTouch OS and Stratodesk NoTouch Center – offers optional multi-tenancy services, and a predictable cost model that includes all-in-one licensing. In addition, the program is dynamically scalable when license needs change and deploys in minutes over the internet. Organizations are actively looking to transition to the cloud but sometimes cost and complexity are major obstacles. Stratodesk MSP partners can now enable organizations to realize significant efficiencies in time to implement and related costs. Our joint customers can have an effective roadmap for their endpoints no matter where they are in their cloud journey, while allowing them to focus on their core business instead of IT. “Businesses across industries are increasingly looking toward managed service providers for pay-as-you go solutions that are cost-effective, scalable, and easy to consume. This IT consumption model is a major opportunity for partners, and our new program allows them to manage endpoint costs predictably, gives them flexibility to scale their business up and down as required, and drive additional recurring revenue, Based on direct input from partners, we’re giving service providers and integrators access to the Stratodesk NoTouch OS features and tools enabling them to take an enhanced cloud workspace offering to market.” Steve Thompson, Vice President of Global Channels at Stratodesk Stratodesk’s new program unlocks new and differentiated offerings and services with an attractive subscription model that opportunities and helps to scale the business of partner providers. The Stratodesk NoTouch OS helps the partner’s customers easily execute their virtual desktop and thin client strategy in the way that best fits their business, knowing they can manage their entire fleet of endpoints from one console with best-in-class support from the MSP and Stratodesk. Among the first MSP partners signed to the new program is Centre Technologies. Stratodesk MSP partners can scale easily based on growth or seasonality Stratodesk can deliver centrally managed endpoints in minutes to end-users physically located anywhere in the world through cloud or on-premises deployment models. Stratodesk’s flexible approach to workforce productivity lets IT teams transform new or existing laptops, thin clients, desktop computers and hybrid devices into secure enterprise edge and cloud workspaces. Stratodesk NoTouch allows IT teams to convert a broad range of x86-, x64- and ARM-based hardware quickly into modern machines with the latest software and security capabilities for end-users, while giving IT complete control over the asset. Additional benefits to partners include: Cloud-ready Stratodesk software enables regional expansion with no capital investments Ability to own and manage the customer relationship end-to-end Accelerated time-to-market Easily address seasonality demands and the need to expand user base periodically Reduce MSP management costs with a single easy-to-manage and deploy OS instead of a variety of legacy systems For more information, visit the Stratodesk Edge channel partner program web page, and inquire to become a partner today. Additional Stratodesk MSP resources include: Simplify Multi-Tenant Endpoint Management for MSPs and MSPs Use Stratodesk Software to Manage Multi-Tenant Deployments. About Stratodesk Founded in 2010, Stratodesk is the leading global EUC innovator of endpoint OS software. Stratodesk’s agile and customer-centric, Linux-based managed OS software, Stratodesk NoTouch, is defining end user computing with its freedom to transform any device into a cloud-ready and highly secure endpoint, enabling companies to cost-effectively manage their unified VDI endpoint deployments and secure digital perimeters. Stratodesk’s software works seamlessly across all x64, x86 and ARM/Raspberry Pi based hardware products, increases endpoint security, and simplifies user experience. Today, with nearly one million licenses deployed globally across multiple industries, Stratodesk prides itself on its authenticity and. dedication to delivering the most innovative software solution to its customers.

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